Learning a new language through english even if english is not your native tongue!?

I'm currently learning german through english but my mother tongue is spanish.

I know there are other users with other native languages that are in the same case as i am. My question is how has been your experience doing this?

Also, i would like to practice my english and i thought that practicing the 'spanish lessons' maybe would be helpful, but sometimes i feel like i am cheating!? I can turn my preferences to learn english via spanish but my score of those lessons are not kept while switching... actually duolingo has two scores for that case!

I just wonder if theres anybody that would like to share his experiences and opinions on this. Thanks!

December 18, 2012


I'm learning Spanish through English even though my native language is German. I think it works fine and sometimes it even helps with my English, too.

December 18, 2012

Wie geht's severin? Ich denke das also. I think we are opposites. Creo que estamos aprendiendo los idiomas al revés.

December 19, 2012

same for me. learning german through english. i wonder how it'd be learn it through my native language (turkish) though.

December 19, 2012

I'm from Mexico, and my mother tongue is Spanish. I'm learning German and Italian through English. I have had some minor issues with idiomatic expressions (in English as well as in German), but overall it has been a really good experience for me. It works fine.

December 19, 2012

Pues no manches Toño yo también soy mexicano. Wie geht es dir?

December 19, 2012

hallo! sehr gut, und wie geht's dir?

December 19, 2012

Ich bin sehr gut, danke schön.

December 19, 2012

"Mir geht es sehr gut" instead of "ich bin sehr gut" ;)

December 26, 2012

I'm Learning Spanish and now I'm trying Italian, but my mother tongue is Portuguese. I think that it's helpful, because I can improve my English, although I know my English is not good and It may cause misunderstandings in the learning process.

December 19, 2012

Same for me , since I 'm Italian and I ' m trying to learn German. Good exercise since my English is far from perfect ... I ' also doing English for Italians but - apart from the fact that it is still in beta - it doesn't help me in translating to English (for this the German course fits me well :-) ). Ciao

December 19, 2012

I was wondering about that as well :-) I'm learning Spanish through English and my mother tongue is Polish. Would be interesting to compare

December 20, 2012

I'm also Pole learning Spanish through English. I noticed that learning foreign languages in English is easier than in less popular languages because of the services/materials/courses that can be found on the internet.

December 25, 2012

My native language is Hungarian, and now I'm learning French with Duolingo. I can improve my English and I think that the fact that English isn't my mother tongue didn't cause any problem yet.:)

December 23, 2012

I'm doing the same. My native language is Spanish and I'm learning German through English. I prefer it this way though.

December 21, 2012

I'm learning German through English although my first language is Vietnamese ... Because there are much more materials in English... and till now, everything is just fine cause the basic things are not really hard to understand...

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